Presentation of the Paul Reuter Fund
The Paul Reuter Fund was set up in 1983 through a donation made to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) by the late Paul Reuter, Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris and member of the Institut de droit international. The Fund’s purpose is twofold: to encourage the publication of works on international humanitarian law or other initiatives in that field; and to finance the Paul Reuter Prize.
1. Financial assistance for projects relating to dissemination of international humanitarian law
2. Paul Reuter Prize
3. Statutes of the Paul Reuter Fund and regulations of the Prize
4. Adress for applications
The Fund may provide financial assistance:
- for the implementation of a project
- for the publication of a work or
- to reward a particular activity or endeavour aimed at spreading knowledge of international humanitarian law.
The Fund Committee meets at least once annually mid-September to take a decision on the allocations from the income of the Fund.
The prize (5,000 Swiss francs) is awarded in recognition of an outstanding work in the sphere of international humanitarian law.
Recipients of the Prize:
Dr. Théo Boutruche, L’interdiction des maux superflus, Université de Genève, 2008.
Dr. Marten Zwanenburg, Accountability of Peace Support Operations, Martinus Nijhoff, 2005.
Prof. Ruth Abril Stoffels, La Asistencia Humanitaria en los Conflictos Armados: configuración jurídica, principios rectores y mecanismos de garantía, Tirant Monografías, 2001.
Dr. Ilias Bantekas , Principles of Individual Responsibility for Violations of International Humanitarian Law after the ICTY (international Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia).
Prof. Geoffrey Best , War and law since 1945 , Clarendon, 1994.
Major General A.P.V. Rogers , Law on the battlefield , Manchester University Press, 1996.
Prof. Eric David , Principes de droit des conflits armés , Bruylant, 1994.
Dr. Edward K. Kwakwa , The international law of armed conflict: personal and material fields of application, Kluwer, 1992.
Mr. Alejandro Valencia Villa , La humanización de la guerra: derecho internacional humanitario y conflicto armado en Colombia , Ediciones Uniandes, Tercer Mundo, 1991.
Dr. Heather A. Wilson, International law and the use of force by national liberation movements, Clarendon Press, 1988.
Dr. Mohamed El Kouhene, Les garanties fondamentales de la personne en droit humanitaire et droits de l'homme,Nijhoff, 1986.
The Prize will be awarded for the tenth time in spring 2012.
Under the Regulations of the Paul Reuter Prize, any work submitted must fulfil the following conditions:
its aim must be to enhance knowledge or understanding of international humanitarian law ;
it must either be unpublished or have been published since the closing date for submissions for the most recent award of the Prize (15 September 2008) ;
it must be written in French, English or Spanish.
Applications must include:
a brief curriculum vitae ;
a list of the applicant’s publications ;
three unabridged copies of the work submitted.
Authors who meet the above requirements may send their applications no later than 1st November 2011.
(Statutes of the Fund amended on 23 January 1997 and Regulations of the Prize modified on 24 April 2002)
Statutes of the Paul Reuter Fund
Establishment, Purpose and Proprietorship of the Fund
The Paul Reuter Fund (hereinafter referred to as the Fund) has been established. The initial capital of the Fund derives from the donation in the amount of two hundred thousand Swiss francs made by Professor Paul Reuter to the ICRC. This capital may be augmented by gifts or bequests.
The Fund shall be administered in an independent account by the ICRC, which shall be the exclusive proprietor of the Fund.
The ICRC shall distribute the income issuing from the Fund which it administers according to the rules hereinafter set forth.
In the event that the income from the Fund no longer permits of accomplishing the stated purpose, the Assembly of the ICRC, on the proposal of the Fund Committee, may decide to liquidate the Fund. In such a case, it shall allocate the capital to projects in keeping with the purposes of the Fund.
Without prejudice to Article 4, the ICRC may neither assign nor transfer the Fund. It shall dispose only of the income.
Purpose of the Fund
In accordance with the wishes of the donor, the Fund is intended to encourage and promote knowledge of and the dissemination of international humanitarian law.
The income from the Fund may be allocated:
to reward a work;
to assist in the implementation of a project;
to make a publication possible;
to remunerate an activity or a special effort in the sphere of the dissemination of knowledge of international humanitarian law.
A Paul Reuter Prize, rewarding a work in the sphere of international humanitarian law, shall be awarded every three years, in accordance with the rules of this Prize, with certain exceptions at the discretion of the Fund Committee.
The Fund Committee shall have at its disposal annually the income from the Fund.
The Fund Committee may decide to carry over all or part of the income from the Fund to the following year when it shall be added to the income of that year.
The carry-over of allocations of the income from the Fund may not surpass three consecutive years.
Organisation and Administration of the Fund
The Fund shall be administered independently by a Fund Committee consisting of one member of the ICRC, appointed b y the latter, who shall be its Chairman, and of two members of the ICRC staff, appointed by the Direction of the ICRC.
Deputy members shall also be appointed.
The members and deputy members of the Fund Committee shall be appointed for a period of four years, which may be renewed.
For the purpose of awarding the Paul Reuter Prize, the Fund Committee shall appoint two persons from without the ICRC who, with the Committee members, shall compose the Paul Reuter Prize jury.
The secretariat of the Fund Committee shall be provided by the ICRC Legal Division and shall deal with current matters in the administration of the Fund and with administrative affairs relating thereto. A member of the secretariat shall participate, in a consultative capacity, in the discussions of the Committee.
Decisions of the Fund Committee shall be adopted by a majority of votes. Decisions concerning the Paul Reuter Prize shall be adopted by a majority of jury members.
The accounts of the Fund shall be audited according to the same procedure applicable to the accounts of the ICRC, and they shall be published in the ICRC Annual Report.
The Fund Committee shall meet at least once annually at the convocation of its Chairman, who may convene it as often as he deems necessary.
Decisions on the allocations from the income of the Fund and, when appropriate, the name of the Paul Reuter Prize laureate, shall be made public by the President of the ICRC on 12 February each year, in commemoration of the founder's birthday.
Rules of the Fund
A) Any person, group of people, institution and organization working for a purpose which corresponds to that of the Fund may apply for assistance from the Fund.
The application should be made to the Chairman of the Fund Committee before 15 September of the year preceding the allocation of the income from the Fund.
In addition to personal information on the candidate(s), the application should contain a brief description of the action, activity, undertaking or work for which the application is made.
B) An application for the Paul Reuter Prize should be based on a work and should be presented in accordance with the rules of the Fund.
The Chairman of the Fund Committee shall consider the applications submitted to him and shall transmit them to the Committee with a preliminary opinion.
The Committee shall examine the files thus submitted to it. It may allocate the income from the Fund to one or several of the applicants, apportioning it as it deems fit.
All applicants considered by the Committee for the allocation shall be notified of the decisions of the Committee.
The Committee may attach such conditions as it deems appropriate to the allocation of the income from the Fund.
The present Statutes were adopted by the Executive Board of the International Committee of the Red Cross at its meeting on 6 January 1983.
The said Board is the sole body competent to amend, review or make any addition to the present Statutes.
In the event of a dispute arising from the application of the present Statutes, the Executive Board of the ICRC shall be the sole authority to decide the issue.
Regulations of the Paul Reuter Prize
On 21 August 1983, in accordance with the Statutes of the Fund, the Commission of the Fund laid down the following Regulations for the Paul Reuter Prize:
In accordance with article 6 of the Statutes of the Paul Reuter Fund, a Paul Reuter Prize has been set up. It will be awarded every three years, unless decided otherwise.
The Prize will be awarded for a work aimed a t improving knowledge or understanding of international humanitarian law.
The work must either be still unpublished or have been published since the closing date for submissions for the most recent award of the Prize.
Any author of a work complying with the conditions in article 2 may apply. He should address his application to the President of the Commission of the Paul Reuter Fund, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva, before the 15 September of the year preceding the award of the Prize.
The candidate must include in his application:
a brief curriculum vitae ;
a list of his publications ;
three unabridged copies of the work submitted to the Commission.
The texts on which the application is based must be written in French, English or Spanish.
The name of the prize-winner will be announced by the President of the ICRC on 12 February of the year in which the Prize is awarded.
The prize-winner will receive a certificate confirming the award, as well as the sum of 5,000 Swiss francs.
The work for which the Prize is awarded shall bear the words: " Winner of the Paul Reuter Prize... (year), awarded by the International Committee of the Red Cross " .
The Prize will be presented to the winner by the President of the ICRC or by a person appointed by him.
The decisions of the Commission are final.
Amendments to the present Rules can be made only by the Commission of the Paul Reuter Fund.
Requests for financial assistance and applications for the Paul Reuter Prize should be sent to:
Chairman of the Paul Reuter Fund Committee
International Committee of the Red Cross
c/o Legal Division
19, Avenue de la Paix
This page was prepared by the Secretariat of the Commission of the Paul Reuter Fund